Assemblymember David Weprin’s proposal to introduce a bill in Albany which would implement a 1 percent nonresident commuter tax is disappointing."Congestion pricing – a fair and final fix" (June 16). His proposal sounds great, but missed the potential consequences.
Each weekday several hundred thousand Long Island residents travel to jobs in NYC – the economic engine of our Metropolitan region. Many city residents have become reverse commuters to jobs in Nassau and Suffolk counties.
The reintroduction of any nonresident commuter tax will not bring in the same level of revenues as was the case during the 1990’s when it was last in place. It could result in a retaliatory commuter tax by the impacted suburban county or neighboring state on city residents. At the end of the day, everyone could lose.